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High Saddle

Crystal Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park

A short hike up the Throne ridge reaches an open slope above a wide basin.

Freeride Skiing Difficult

298 m
0 m
181 m
Low Point
1.9 km
High Point
2 km
High Saddle Map

High Saddle starts just a few minutes up the Throne ridge hike. Look for the small alpine first that dot the upper section. Watch for the traverse track below. This is a relatively easy run for those wanting to hike for a few fresh turns. Non-experts should avoid the cedar bench a third of the way down, where it steepens and often requires jumping off a cliff. Veer to the left through the opening in the trees for a consistent fall line to the bottom.



Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.


  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

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